What’s Relative

One important thing that we must understand during our search for truth is that some truth may be beyond our ability to understand. If there is anything that is relative with respect to truth it would be our desire and capacity to discover it.

Just think of how our understanding of the universe has grown over the years. This increase is directly related to somebody’s desire and capacity to search. Think of how the Hubble telescope has improved our capacity to look into the universe. If there is only one truth to be learned here it’s that the universe is bigger and grander than we can even imagine. Without someone’s desire to know truth we wouldn’t know what little we do about the universe.

Go the other direction and look into the human body. Only two hundred years ago there was very little known about how the body systems worked. Just think of how somebody’s desire and then technology has helped us understand something like the immune system and the relationship of the cells and their components. Our discovery of the truth about our body is relative to our desire and capacity to study it.

As we search for the truth we have to ask ourselves; “What can I be certain of as truth and what is beyond my capacity to know?” When it comes to God, the universe, our world, our health, or our relationships, we want to know as much truth as we can, to achieve personal success. We want to increase our desire and capacity for knowing truth as much as we can because in the end our comprehension of truth is relative to our desire and capacity to search it out.

5 Responses to “What’s Relative”

  1. Bob Blum Says:

    Sometimes we can learn about truth by looking elsewhere. Jesus used this approach many times when He taught truth to others. He said if we want to learn the truth about God’s care, look at the sparrows or lovely lillies of the field. If we want to learn what the Father is like, look at His Son.

    God has many ways to express His truths to us. One of those ways is called COUNTERPARTS. These are things specially made to be alike, though different. We can learn much about one by studying the other. Jesus was a counterpart of His Father. Even as a man, though He was much different from His Father, He was also very similar. He told His disciples that if they knew Him they would also know the Father, for the Father expressed Himself through His Son. Jesus was a counterpart.

    Another counterpart set is a husband and wife. Counterparts are so close, yet so different, that they complement each other. When the two work together they can do better work than when they work alone.

    When we study the Bible it is often helpful to also consider different counterparts God has made to assist us. Paul told the Romans (1:20) that Nature was a powerful counterpart made to help us understand divine things. Though the written Word and created Word express themselves in different ways, they come from the same Source and speak the same language.

    Our body is one of Nature’s most powerful counterparts to teach us about the body (spiritual) of Christ, His church. They operate under similar laws. In fact, the Bible tells us our body IS a church (temple), for God’s Spirit will dwell in it, if we treat it right. The sme laws that operate our body also run a church. And the same principles that make a church healthy and vibrant will also vitalize our body.

    Counterparts are wonderful! God is so wise and creative!

  2. Ralph Says:

    What’s relative: I beleive all truth or absolute truth to be found only in God. And because God, the uncreated Creator is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, all beings/things created are relative to Him, He being the epitome of truth. Therefore, our comprehension and understanding of absolute truth will always be relative to where God is, what God knows, and what God can do. This is a never-ending process. And it certainly depends upon, as you state it Owen, our desire and capacity to search it out. So, truth, standing on its own, is not relative. Any relativity comes 1, in where we are in our desire to know God or 2, where we are in our desire to know more. Knowing God should be our only desire. Desiring to know more can get you into trouble. Just ask Adam and Eve.

  3. Owen Says:

    I like the idea of counterparts Bob, it’s like types or shadows. You can learn about one thing by looking at another. The universe is made in such a way that there are truths that carry through many different systems like a layer of granite that shows up at various places in a mountain range.

  4. Owen Says:

    Ralph said “Therefore, our comprehension and understanding of absolute truth will always be relative to where God is, what God knows, and what God can do.” This is good - and God as we know Him will forever be beyond us as we learn more about His nature and character. this is what makes learning truth so fulfilling, we will know it deeper and deeper as we go and it will never end.

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